College football Watch List Week marches on with the list of candidates on the preseason radar for the 2014 Lou Groza Award. Four Big 12 kickers are among the 30 candidates on the preseason watch list for the award, which annually recognizes college football’s best placekicker.
The 2014 Groza Award watch list is headlined by last year’s winner, then-freshman Robert Aguayo of Florida State, who was successful on a sensational 99 percent of all of his kicks in 2013.
OU’s Hunnicutt was a Groza Award semifinalist in both 2012 and 2013. He was 24 of 27 on field goal attempts in 2013 and 47 ot 48 on extra points. Entering the 2014 season, Hunnicutt is 40 points away from becoming the all-time scoring leader at Oklahoma, regardless of the position.
Cantele now joins his brother, Anthony, who was a candidate and semifinalist for the award in 2012. The K-State junior was good on 11 of 13 field goals a year ago and was four out of six from beyond 40 yards. This is the eighth time a player from Kansas State has been on the watch list for the Groza Award. Former K-State kicker Martin Gramatica won the award in 1997.
Oberkrom split the cross bars on 14 of 18 field-goal tries last season and was perfect on all 37 extra-point tries. He was 13 of 14 on field-goal attempts inside 50 yards, and he booted a career-best 56-yard field goal against Kansas State. That kick was just one yard off of the longest field goal in TCU history.
Bustin of Texas Tech was a semifinalist for the 2013 Groza Award, the first Red Raider kicker to make it that far in the competition to become college football’s best placekicker. Bustin made 23 of 27 field-goal tries last season, good for 85 percent accuracy.
This is the 23rd year for the Lou Groza Award. The group will be pared down to 20 semifinalists by early November, and then to three finalists by Nov. 24. The winner will be announced on Dec. 11 as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards, to be broadcast by ESPN from Orlando.